Since 2015, Fairchild has partnered with researchers at NASA to address their current space exploration objectives concerning food production aboard spacecraft. What began with classroom-based citizen science now expands into something new with the Growing Beyond Earth (GBE) Innovation Studio.

Opening this summer at Fairchild, the Innovation Studio will be a makerspace where participants will design, fabricate, and prototype systems to address NASA engineering challenges. A wholly unique location, the GBE Innovation Studio will be the world’s first makerspace in a botanic garden, the first public facility dedicated to NASA’s food production challenges, and the first project to leverage community input in the development of plant-growing hardware.

GBE Innovation Studio will be equipped with high-end design software and fabrication technology. Within the Innovation Studio, makers and designers will create and test various designs, adhering to NASA specifications and utilizing the resources of botanic knowledge at Fairchild, to produce optimal results for the next generation of plant growth systems for long distance space travel.